Force Obama Not to Vote Present

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When President Barack Obama was Senator Barack Obama, he famously thought that raising the debt ceiling was a terrible idea.  Back in 2006, as Katrina Trinko points out over at National Review, he ranted, “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.”  He voted against raising the debt ceiling.

Then, peculiarly, he disappeared during his presidential election campaign when it came to voting on raising the debt ceiling. In both 2007 and 2008, when we raised the debt ceiling by a combined $1.65 trillion, Obama avoided voting. Such absence wasn’t uncommon for Obama, who spent the vast majority of his only partial term in the Senate away from the Senate or ignoring his duty to vote. From September to November 2007, for example, Obama missed 80 percent of Senate votes, including one that would have designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Overall, Obama missed nearly 50 percent of the votes in the Senate during his tenure. As a State Senator in Illinois, he voted “present” a full 129 times, many of those votes coming on critical and controversial issues.

Now, Obama wants to vote present again. So far, he’s done this by pretending to present a debt relief plan without actually doing so. This led to a weird press conference with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney trying to maintain that Obama had spelled out a specific debt ceiling plan, but that he didn’t need to give details of those specifics. He insisted that Obama had a plan, but that he didn’t need to make it public because … well, Fox would like that, wouldn’t they? Carney almost literally tried to pee on the press corps and inform them blithely that it was raining.

When Obama isn’t sending out Carney to do his dirty work, he’s doing it himself. Obama, who appears to abide by the monkeys-writing-Shakespeare theory of politics – if he says enough nonsense, eventually something will resonate with the American people – delivered a national address lecturing Republicans about debt levels, which is sort of like Amy Winehouse calling a press conference to bash Lindsay Lohan for her drug and alcohol problems.

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  • zsqpwxxeh

    Ben, I'm afraid you left out the part about Republicans needing to stand their ground and call Obama's bluff. The part where they have to bravely defend what the people elected them to do under a withering barrage of lefty media attacks. The tough part of this strategy.

  • fxgeorges

    I say I probably won't, but if the Republicans nominate some Neanderthal meathead who wants to maintain the Bush-era tax cuts, reimpose DADT and defend DOMA, and maintain a significant military force in the Middle East, then I may stay home. Or vote for Obama again. What am I saying, most all of the Republican potential candidates fit that description! I'm screwed!

    • gray man

      in other words you want the republicans to nominate a liberal?

      You voted for Obummer to prove you weren't racist – who you going to vote for to prove your'e not stupid?

    • umustbkidding

      Your vote for Obummer proves that practicing racism, even for a good cause (choke), is a bad thing.

    • coyote3

      "…. some Neanderthal meathead…" Well, you said you voted for Obama.

      • mrbean

        Here I thought that Bob Reiner was "Meathead"/ Isn't the "Meathead" a far left supporter of Obama?

  • tanstaafl

    At this point, I don't know how Obama gets re-elected.

    "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

  • Karl

    People are sick and tired of the black king in the white house. I constantly email, and call my representatives in washington asking them to start impeachment proceedings against this monster, but it all falls on deaf ears. The only thing these people will understand is a violent revolution. The Declaration of Independence states that if the people have lost their say in government they have a right to revolt. Wake up people, our country is being given away and the main news outlets say not a word against the king who had done nothing but ignored the law, failed to enforce laws, ignored court orders, and passed bills using regulatory power bypassing the constitution and the will of the people.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    We've been had. Now our sad truth is looking ahead and praying that a peaceful transition of power will occur with Obama's political demise in 2012. Methinks that there will be riots, destruction, racial strife, smash and grab lootings, killings even in certain segments of the nation. Col. Valleley says experts say the BC is fake but the FBI will not pursue these allegations for it would cause havoc in the inner cities.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Leftists in America have ruined the minds of the past three generations of
      students and now our educational system is almost pure propaganda. Those
      of us who know the score understand the heavy price the future will call for
      if it is to be free of the evil of tatalitarian government. Cutting government and
      spending by government is a major key and ending the government influence
      over schools is absolutely necessary. How many in our government employ
      are patriots is very questionable and it may come down to a real fight to keep
      our Constitutional guarantees. I agree with you in that we will not have a
      peaceful future………………………………………………….William

  • Dispozovdaburka

    Pharaoh Obama knows how to enslave his people.

    Dhimmi tax of Obamacare.
    Islamisize our country.(divide and conquer)
    Islam (ideology used to control the masses by a few rulers)
    Destroy our economy, promising the impossible to the masses,
    fully knowledgeable that the ultimate result will be destruction of the
    ("haves" working, tax paying American citizens,)
    Use Debt as a form of slavery.
    And out of this …. what is Pharoah's goal?
    Order out of chaos. His order, Islam.

  • bush the monster

    Unbelievable ! You all want Obama to fail ! And you don’t care about the consequences ! Republicans acting stupid back when bush was president republicans voted nine times to finance the war in Iraq !!
    Now Obama wants to do something for the American people they get pissoff
    And all they do is stand in the way !!
    Just for simple fact that Obama is black and everyone wants him to fail
    If Obama fails we all fail !!

    • coyote3

      The Democrats voted to fund that war as well. Perfectly constitutional endeavor. Obama didn't ask me if I wanted him to do "anything" for me, and that is just the point, he doesn't have the power to do the things he is trying to do. "All they do is just stand in the way" Yeah, and it is working

    • A_Nonny_Mouse

      … You missed your meds this morning…

    • George Jones

      You sir are a moron. So sick of stupid libs (like you) Black ain't got a thing to do with Obama being a marxist pig. I can't believe there are stupid people like you on this forum. Go back to your mothers basement

    • flyovercindy

      If Obama fails, we MAY have a chance of remaining America – the America that was created by settlers/immigrants from MANY countries who wanted FREEDOM. What – pray tell, "bush the monster", is Obama wanting to do "for" the American people? The vast majority of us don't want him to do ANYTHING "for" us!!! We want him to leave us alone so we can DO for ourselves__If you are so pathetic that you need him to do everything for you, did you ever think you may be part of the problem for the rest of us?__… and by the way, for a great many of us Bible & gun-toting people in middle-America, the fact that he is black was the ONLY thing about him that gave us hope our that country could come together and grow stronger.

  • YeshuaisAdonai

    "which is sort of like Amy Winehouse​ calling a press conference to bash Lindsay Lohan​ for her drug and alcohol problems."

    Great article Ben…but Amy Winehouse is…uhm…living challenged…parallel is still good…just sayin'

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Amy is dead, her challenged living did her in……………….William

  • jacob

    I think if I would have had such a terrible case of "HOOF IN MOUTH" disease as
    the ANNOITED ONE has I would have RESIGNED long ago…

    Nobody buys his "STIMULUS" fairy tale (who I don't know who it has stimulated
    so far, unless for everybody and their brother to be driving 2011 year cars while
    I still drive a 1991 Honda)….

    He has run out of things to blame BUSH for and his attempt to bury America ran
    into stiff opposition in Congress and therefore….does he still ha ve the audacity
    to run for reelection ????

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Maybe he will declare himself emperor for life?………..I did not think he
      would be elected at all, now I have serious doubts about my fellow
      citizens sanity. Leftists have ruined so many minds, or future is in doubt.
      With the Democratic party taken over by leftists it is highly probable they
      will nominate this vile man again……………………………….William

  • teabagger4life

    Once again this empty suit is going to do anything in his power to avoid taking of business. The usual bs. how this Prez. Bush, Republicans caused all these problems. If anybody does voice they’re opinion, the usual calls of racist and racism are heard. Got to play the race card when the mooslim is cornered. How obozo get elected is actually amazing. His track record as an jr. senator is poor at that. Now that he’s president, he enjoys playing that actually doing his duties as the prez. This guy will not take any responsibilities for anything that might make him look bad for the 2012 election. If the Republicans put up some backwards buffon, we will have another four years of demise. We need to wake up and hopefully find a candidate that will defeat him.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      There will not be four more years of demise, if this clown is reelected we are

  • umustbkidding

    Obama is who he is guys. What toasts me is that Boehner's plan didn't cut one thin dime of today's debt. Only the next ten year's increases???? And the Democrats still can't go with that?? We've been had alright, but not by Obama and the Democrats but by the Republicans.

    In the primaries throw all incumbants out and put in tea party members where ever possible.

    Don't raise the debt limit

    • coyote3

      You are exactly right, there is no need to raise the debt limit, just reduce spending to bring it within the present level.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Bring spending down and cut out Obamacare altogether, the Federal
        Government is out of control, the Congress is drunk on dollars and
        the Supreme Court can not be trusted to uphold the Constitution.
        It has been a very long time since the Congress represented the
        majority of American citizens…………………………………..William

    • johnnywoods

      Boehner is a gutless RINO. What else would you expect?

    • flyovercindy

      Yep! Now the real work and reform starts. WE NEED CITIZEN-POLITICIANS!!!

  • waterwillows

    Whatever Obama says he will do, he won't. What he says he won't do, he will. His mind and approach comes across as a very confused maze of conficts. But he is always on the lookout for compliments and flattery.
    He is all fluff and air. Nothing of substance can I find.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      For such and empty suit he is doing a fine job of ruining our government
      and destroying our present while assuring the future will be and abysmal
      mess. He has brought to light the emptiness of those who are supposed
      to represent us, are there so few men of character left today, I know there
      are a few but it seems Government just does not get our messages, it
      is time to throw all of the bums out……………………………..William

  • LindaRivera

    An inferior health care plan that no one wants and CANNOT afford to pay. The threat to jail and/or fine those who don't purchase the government enforced plan.

    Massive spending as if there is no tomorrow. Fighting wars we have no money for. Massive borrowing. The Massive giving away of Billions of dollars every year to other countries, including the oil-wealthy Middle East, Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority organization who fill their war chests, build mansions and laugh all the way to the bank with free infidel money. Whilst in America, homeless shelters are filled to capacity; tent cities have sprung up all over the U.S. filled with desperate, jobless, homeless, NEGLECTED Americans.

    Massive debt. The massive printing of paper money out of thin air to DELIBERATELY create out-of-control inflation. There is no question that the total DESTRUCTION of America's economy is planned. The results will be horrifying. In the once wealthy and great nation of America, millions of Americans will become destitute, hungry and homeless with no money or resources to help them.

  • LindaRivera

    Organic, non-gmo avocado, fruit and nut trees and berries must be planted in all of our nation’s cities’ and towns’ parks to help the many millions of Americans who will soon be in a desperate struggle to survive.

    Years ago, the homeless were people with drug and alcohol problems. Not any longer. In our day, many middle class families have tragically lost both their jobs and homes and are homeless. How many in our nation now fear they will join the ranks of the homeless?

    Watch it. And weep for our great nation and people:

    FALL Of The Republic – The Presidency Of Barack H Obama – The Full Movie HQ

    • johnnywoods

      No Muslim terrorist could inflict any more damage on the U.S. than our "glorious leader" Barack al-Obama has.

  • LindaRivera


    Is this REALLY our AMERICA??????

    Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 – Key Points

  • Sound&Fury

    The President reminds me of my mother, a shopaholic. She has spend tens of thousands on clothes that she's never worn. The President wants a blank check himself, but not even his own party would give him that.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      I think the Democrats (leftists) would, just to insure the demise of America.
      When all crashes I will be looking to see how well off our elected officials
      have it and what the people will do to them. I would create a road gang of
      all of them, Obama on down all elected and appointed and they would be
      working the streets from coast to coast and border to border for the rest of
      their lives…………………………………………………………………….William

  • nyc1234

    Mr. Obama has little concern for excessive spending and the national debt; it' s his means of buying votes. If he had a theme song, it would come from a 60s hippie band…

  • The BigFig

    How can permit this empty suit, poor excuse for human being spend us in bankruptcy .The s

    • TheBigFig

      The current rate of spending needs to come to a stop as asap. We all have to budget our homes, business etc.. What’s wrong with this mooslim? He refuses to get involved with anything. Always pushing the work off to congress and who ever he can find. 2012 needs a change of president, but what will the Republicans have for a canidage? Hopefully not some cave man that will never beat this pos. Without a strong candidate, this cretin WILL be relected. That will be the end of this country as we know it. This lawn jockey is anti septic, anti israel and as we all know anti usa.We must keep strong and see that mooslim and the queen will soundly beaten. One and Done.

  • SeaMystic

    The core clause that is creating the Nat’l Debt Crisis around the World including the U.S., is in a clause of the Bank of England since 1694, and this has now come to roost.


    Particularly chapter 2 & 3. Titled, “Guardians of Democracy, a Mystical View.”

    The Nat’l Debt was created as a Debt in Perpetuity, ever expanding through the noted Principle of Issuance with Compound Interest, for Government needs, through selected Bank.

    The Sword of Damocles, may be avoided this time, but it is inevitable, unless the enslaving clause is changed.

    Humanities present Enslavement , is not through Chains, but Compound Interest, with intent.


    Lorenzo Bouchard phone 250 995-1760 #3-3136 Washington Ave. Victoria B.C. Canada

  • Asher

    A teaparty teleconference in the last 2 weeks had about 20,000 members on the phone, the poll they took was, Do you want the Debt Ceiling Raised…No was the response. This hype and scare tactics by Obama is to force the Republicans to do something hasty! Reid didn't even want to vote on his own bill, and wanted cloture with 51 votes, which McConnell said was rediculous on this important issue! You see, they want to delay the vote as long as possible, because they want to raise taxes, keep spending and giving our tax money to minorities to get re-elected!

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Give to enemy states, supporting the UN and every vile entity in the World.

  • SwampFox 2U

    Don't you think the Republicans are right in the middle of converting this Country into a full fledged Socialist state. The argument is who can do it better. Besides both parties are hunkering up to a centralized world governing plan . It is as clear as the money you once had in th ebank.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama is the point man of the Leftist Democratic party and they have brought
    America down and I might add with the complicity of almost all Republicans in
    government. To few patriotss in elected positions and the rats have called in to
    appointed positions their fellow rats to eat all of the cheese in the peoples house.
    We need to elect a new government with people who will hold all of them responsible
    for their deeds and prosecute them until kingdome come. The next election may
    be our last and it could be our best, we shall see……………………William

    • Fred Dawes

      I hope you are right.

  • tedh754

    Why do we even have a debt "ceiling" if we can vote to raise it when we refuse to get our house in order? Didn't Obama vote against raising it when he was a Senator? Of course, that was "different." And the media protects him because he can do no wrong. Gee, I wonder why it is wrong to criticize him because to do so is "racist" when the media protect him because of his skin color? They didn't protect Clinton like this so I have no choice but to assume it is because he isn't white. A man totally devoid of any experience is now Commander-in-Chief, who won't end the wars as promised but, No Problem! Didn't close Gitmo, but No Problem! More drone attacks, war in Libya, no problem! More debt? No problem! Bush did it too!

  • Fred Dawes

    The Boy's will do what the boys will do, 'watch and see no hope here the off shore bankers', will get paid no matter what we say, in fact the American people mean nothing in this game, just wait and see who gets your money.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    Be strong Republicans,
    And call Obama's bluff.
    He doesn't want to go down in history
    So load it all on him.
    Let him bear the cross.
    Dare him to default,
    Or the 14th Amendment
    Illegally invoke-
    This is what scares him
    And keeps him up at night.
    As the economy he's ruining
    Continues to go south
    In 2012 he'll be evicted
    From the White House.

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  • StephenD

    I can't help but wonder if this is all by design; That this "crisis" took our eyes off what they should be on somehow. Manufactured emergencies in order to steer us in the direction they want. I'm sorry but I feel like they ALL are working against us for some giant system rather than for us as a people.
    You know, just because I am paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get me! But seriously, I get a bad feeling about this "deal."

  • Jim Svendsky iii

    I am sick and tired of the media giving Obamma a free pass on all his screw ups….everything he has ever said in the last 5 years was a sham…Obamma is a disgrace. He runs the country as if it were a lemonade stand. (actually, I retract that….it would be an insult to all children who ever ran a lemonade stand.)

    Obammas own words are contradicted by later words and no one says boo.

    If W Bush did this the dems would want his head on a platter.

    Hypocrisy gone wild folks, and with the BOY KING at the helm, screwing up the nation one day at a time.

  • Jim Swarthowe

    I am sick and tired of the media giving Obamma a free pass on all his screw ups….everything he has ever said in the last 5 years was a sham…Obamma is a disgrace. He runs the country as if it were a lemonade stand. (actually, I retract that….it would be an insult to all children who ever ran a lemonade stand.)

    Obammas own words are contradicted by later words and no one says boo.

    If W Bush did this the dems would want his head on a platter.

    Hypocrisy gone wild folks, and with the BOY KING at the helm, screwing up the nation one day at a time.


  • SenatorMark4

    I find it pretty funny to see somebody talking about voting "present"! Where did the Republican backbone for a Balanced Budget Amendment go? They voted "Present" and let it die. We have a Constitution that allows admendments and defines the methodology but our leaders don't care. Why aren't they leaning forward with that bill and sending it out to the states for preemptive votes supporting it? They're voting "present" again with a white flag. Any way you slice it we're getting more debt on my grandchildren and more taxes. Interested citizens MUST sign up for precinct chairs, delegates, and State Republican Executive Commitee membership of what your country fade to Greece.

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